Rays keep Rule 5 pick Kevin Gadea in system, outright him to Durham
Remember Kevin Gadea, the young right-hander the Rays took from Seattle in the December Rule 5 draft and were excited about in spring training before he was shut down with forearm issues?
He didn't pitch in any games this season, though he still could end up helping the Rays in the future.
Though players who spent most or all of the season on the DL are subject to Rule 5 restrictions in the next season, the Rays now have Gadea free and clear in their minor-league system for 2018.
That's because they offered him back to the Mariners, who declined, and then got him through waivers. Thus they were able to then reinstate him from the 60-day DL on Sunday and outright him off their 40-man roster and to their Triple-A Durham roster.
Gadea was 22 when the Rays took him from the Mariners, where he had not yet pitched above the Class A level, posting a 2.15 ERA with 72 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 50 1/3 innings in 2016.
Here is a story on Gadea from spring training.
After rehabbing all season from what was diagnosed as tendinitis, and earning major-league pay and service time on the DL, Gadea is now considered healthy heading into the off-season.
Assumiing the Rays don't lose him in the Rule 5 draft, they should see him pitching in their minor-league system in 2018.